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Baked Egg Custard with Cheese and Herbs

This quiche-like baked egg custard with cheese and herbs is delicious! Bake in batches; it holds well but long baking time. Variations of cheese/herbs have potential. Tried the smoked gouda, and everyone thought it was outstanding. Might also try cheddar with basil/parsley.

Source: Gourmet Dec. 2008, pg 178

Diet: Gluten-free, Vegetarian

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Total Time: 55 Minutes
Servings: 8


  • 2 cups cheese such as gruyere or smoked gouda, coarsely grated
  • ½ cup chives, chopped
  • 10 eggs
  • 1½ cups whole milk
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ tsp grated nutmeg
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • hollandaise sauce for topping


  1. Sprinkle gruyere and chives evenly into buttered shallow baking dish.

  2. Blend eggs, milk, cream cheese, and nutmeg in blender with ½ tsp pepper and ¼ tsp salt till smooth.

  3. Pour over gruyere and chives and bake at 350° F for 35-45 minutes until puffed, set, and golden.

  4. Serve warm topped with hollandaise or at room temp.

Recipe By: Chef at Castle in the Country - January 23, 2024